The florist, “Daisy Chain”, is opposite where I work and I was pleasantly surprised two years ago, to come face to face with a floral, crystal ballgown, straight from the show. Helena had won silver-gilt with her gorgeous creation.
A Chelsea Ball gown with a crystal theme.
The following year, she achieved another silver-gilt, for her “Alice in Wonderland” tree.u
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the pleasure of appreciating that one close up. It was far too big to bring into the shop.
Still not good enough, though – she was after her gold.
And now she has it with her beautiful carnival headdress!
When you get to see it in the flesh, so to speak, you can really see the intricate detail and the hours of work involved.
Orchids, dianthus, grevillea, and anigozan (kangaroo paw) are among the flowers used, set into a wire framework, filled out with red feathers and beads. Looking closely at the “horns” shows tiny green “pearls” wound around, which are actually the succulent, Senecio rowelyanus, or “string of pearls” plant, which she grew herself. Really a work of art, well deserving of a gold!A real feather in Helena’s cap! (Groan!! Sorry!)
So is she happy now? Had enough?
No, she’s now going for “Best Floral Exhibit”.
Can’t wait to see how Helena does next year!
Helena wasn’t our only local Chelsea gold.
John Massey and Ashwood nursery also got, not just a gold medal, but also a Diamond Jubilee award, for their display of Hepaticas, in the floral pavilion.
It’s been a most successful Chelsea for our local exhibitors.
Congratulations, and well done!
P.s. I apologise for any disruption in this broadcast. I inadvertently published this post before I had completed it. So sorry!